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    Ivan's Childhood

    When Nazi invaders destroy his Russian village and kill his family, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers. 
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  • Actors of "Ivan's Childhood"

  • Directors of "Ivan's Childhood"

    Andrei Tarkovsky. Director of Ivan's Childhood
    Andrei Tarkovsky
    Birthdate: 4 April 1932, Zavrazhe, Yurevetskiy rayon, Ivanovskaya Promyshlennaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR [now Ivanovskaya oblast, Russia]
    Eduard Abalov. Director of Ivan's Childhood
    Eduard Abalov
    Birthdate: 7 October 1927, Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, USSR
  • Creators of "Ivan's Childhood"

    Vladimir Bogomolov. Director of Ivan's Childhood
    Vladimir Bogomolov
    Birthdate: 3 July 1924, Kirillovka, Moscow Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia]
  • Critic Reviews of "Ivan's Childhood"

    Time Out
    May 16, 2016

    No other director is simultaneously so precise and so otherworldly.

    TIME Magazine
    August 04, 2015

    Director Andrei Tarkovsky has mixed daring with poetry in making this film: he shows the Soviet hero as an individual troubled with the doubts and complexities of other humans.

    Los Angeles Times
    August 04, 2015

    While the emotional weight of Ivan is clear from the first frames -- Tarkovsky doesn't stray from making us feel the pain of Ivan's world -- there is that sense of music the director is so intent on conveying.

    New York Times
    May 09, 2005

    Beauty, poetry and sadness are certainly lodged in its brief dramatic span, to be seized and embraced by anybody who will give a compassionate mind to it.

    The Arts Desk
    May 25, 2016

    The work in which the remarkable nature of [Tarkovsky's] talent first shone through.

    Flick Filosopher
    May 21, 2016

    [A] subdued depiction of warfare as mostly a lot of waiting around for brief explosive action... The orphan kid - who several times describes himself as 'jittery' - is a more openly shell-shocked version of all the adults around him.

    Independent (UK)
    May 19, 2016

    Tarkovsky pays full attention to the squalor and pity of war but never loses his sense of poetry.

    May 19, 2016

    February 01, 2016

    It was the caveat of the profound possibilities of eastern cinema, effectively heralding the discovery of one of the most perceptive minds to ever stand behind a movie camera.
    March 11, 2013

    Pairing [poetic] images with fragmented characters and Ivan's single-minded desire to get back in the fray, the result is disturbing and affecting.

    Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
    August 01, 2012

    It feels stylistically as fresh as if it had been made yesterday -- even to some very striking use of handheld camerawork. It's really something of a masterpiece.

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